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News Release
7/3/2012
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Commissioner Dave Jones Sides With Consumers, Echoes Concerns Raised by Consumer Watchdog in Lawsuit Over the So-Called “Death Spiral”   Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' announcement today opposing Blue Shield's plan to close 23 health insurance policies, and echoing...
News Story
6/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of greater state regulation of premiums fail to gather enough signatures to put it before voters in the presidential election. They still hope to get it on the November 2014 ballot. A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot,...
News Release
6/28/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Release
6/28/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The ballot measure to require health insurance companies to get approval before raising their rates narrowly missed qualifying for November’s ballot by Thursday’s deadline, receiving 109% of the signatures necessary to qualify on a random sample verification rather than the required 110%. Elections officials...
News Story
6/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative that seeks to regulate health insurance rates will not qualify for the November ballot, but proponents say California voters will have a say on the measure in 2014. "We're disappointed, but we're also hopeful that the extra time will make the cause even greater," said Jamie Court, president of the initiative'...
News Story
6/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
There's still one potential November ballot measure pending - one that would subject health insurance rates to state regulation - and with only hours before the qualification deadline, its fate is up in the air. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, a veteran of several high-profile ballot measure battles, and sponsored the...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
City hospital executive says lobbyists help preserve government funding San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spared the city's Public Health Department from cuts in his latest budget proposal, which benefited not just health care consumers, but also a lobbying group that consumer advocates say works against them. According to memos obtained by The...
News Story
6/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California on Wednesday vigorously denied allegations in a proposed class action accusing the insurer of illegally shutting down policies in order to nudge sicker patients into plans that are costlier or provide fewer benefits. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, centers on so-...
News Story
6/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A class action lawsuit was filed today against health insurer Blue Shield that alleges the company is illegally pushing customers with pre-existing conditions into low quality, low benefit, high deductible insurance policies, and even causing some clients to end up uninsured. At a press conference at Consumer Watchdog’s Santa Monica...